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Classic Bike Guide - December 2017


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004 FROM THE ARCHIVE
We look at the varied life
of the BSA Bantam.

010 TELEGRAM BANTAM
Two of the original telegram
boys tell their tales of the days
on GPO BSA Bantams.

020 SUBSCRIBE!
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022 BUYING GUIDE – ARIEL
NH350 RED HUNTER
A good-looking bike that you
can use every day? All you need
to know about Ariel’s 350

028 BUYING GUIDE – DUCATI
SPORTCLASSIC 1000S
Born before its time, the SportClassic
was a sales flop but has now
turned into a collector’s dream

034 BUYING GUIDE – HONDA 550/4
It came in several guises
the smaller Honda is a brilliant
usable and beautiful bike

040 NEWS
What’s happening? New bikes,
new kit and some more MoT rules

044 WHAT’S ON
It’s cold outside, but grab the woolies
and head out – there’s loads to see

048 PRODUCTS
Go on, it’s Christmas – treat yourself!

052 JMC NORTON AND METISSE TRIUMPH
Built to a specific brief, these two
bikes have the best of everything

062 PAUL MILES
Paul likes to look at bikes for
sale to see bikes not for sale

064 PAUL D’ORLEANS
Paul may have the answer to
dwindling classic ownership

068 MARK WILLIAMS
Mark has never liked Harleys.
Will this change?

070 NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM LIVE
Over 3000 visitors went along
to this year’s NMM Live.

076 THRUXTON THRILLER
Take one unloved Hinckley
Bonneville and turn it into
a gorgeousThruxton.

086 LETTERS
Want your say? Let us know
what you’ve been up to.

090 GUY MARTIN’S TRIUMPH
RACER BUILD
That man from the telly gets a Rob
North-framed Trident built.

098 NORVIL
The Norton specialists show us how
to keep your Norton on the road.

108 CLEANING CARBS
Get your fuel tap and carb
cleaned and serviced.

112 READER ADS
Be tempted, go on, you deserve it.
Hello – is that my bank manager?

130 FRANK WESTWORTH
Frank finds himself unusually
lost for words…